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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs Basketball hits the road to face Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

 

Austin Peay (5-10, 2-0 OVC) at at Tennessee Tech (4-12, 1-2 OVC)

Saturday, January 10th, 2014 | 5:30pm CT
Cookeville, TN | Eblen Center

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUCookeville, TN – Off to a 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference start, Austin Peay women’s basketball team looks to keep its momentum going when it faces Tennessee Tech in a 5:30pm, Saturday contest at the Eblen Center.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball travels to Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Saturday. (APSU Sports Network)

The Lady Govs are off to a 2-0 league start courtesy wins at Eastern Kentucky (81-71, January 3rd) and at Jacksonville State (57-54, Thursday).

It is Austin Peay’s first 2-0 start since the 2009-10 campaign when it won two home games to start the season.

Austin Peay flipped its season-long script in its wire-to-wire win at Jacksonville State, playing good defense and hitting the boards. The Lady Govs posted a 55-41 rebounding lead in the game, its first rebounding win against a Division I opponent this season.

APSU's Tiasha GrayAustin Peay also held Jacksonville State to 29.2 percent shooting – the lowest field goal percentage by an opponent this season.

Individually, junior guard Tiasha Gray and freshman center Brianne Alexander each posted double-doubles. Gray finished with 18 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double. Alexander notched a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double in her third career APSU game.

The Lady Govs travel to Cookeville which has been inhospitable in the long history between the two teams. Austin Peay has won just six games in 36 attempts at Cookeville. Carrie Daniels is just 1-5 as a head coach in Cookeville, with the lone win coming in the 2010-11 season.

Tennessee State Golden Eagles

Tennessee Tech Golden EaglesTennessee Tech won its OVC home opener against Murray State, 74-69, Thursday after opening OVC play with losses at Eastern Illinois (59-67) and at SIUE (69-83) over the opening weekend. Thursday’s win leveled the Golden Eagles record at 2-2 in the Eblen Center this season.

The Golden Eagles defense has been the crux of its problems in 2014-15, ranking last among OVC squads in both field-goal percentage allowed (47.0 percent) and three-point field goal percentage allowed (37.6 percent). Junior Samaria Howard is averaging 14.4 points per game (eighth in OVC), but has picked up the pace in OVC play with 19.3 points per game (third in OVC).

Last Season’s Meeting

Austin Peay women’s basketball team scored 18 unanswered second-half points en route to a 79-70 Ohio Valley Conference victory against Tennessee Tech, last season at the Dunn Center.

Trailing 41-39 with 18:12 remaining in the game, Austin Peay would score the game’s next 18 points in a five-minute span. Five different Lady Govs scored during the run, sophomore Tiasha Gray and junior Kristen Stainback leading the charge with six points each. Tennessee Tech did hit a free throw to end the run, but Banks hit a layup at the other end to give APSU a 59-42 lead with 12:48 left.

Tennessee Tech put forth its last charge in the final two minutes, an 8-2 burst in which Diamond Henderson scored all eight TTU points. Her three-pointer with 30 seconds left cut the APSU lead to five points, 75-70. However, Austin Peay would make all four of its free throws down the stretch to set the final margin.

APSU's Kristen StainbackGray and Stainback each finished with 20 points to pace the Austin Peay offense. Banks recorded her third double-double with a 13-point, 13-rebound performance in which she was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor. Senior Nicole Olszewski finished with 10 points and a game-best six assists.

Henderson led Tennessee Tech with 25 points, including 16 in the first half. Candace Parson posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double outing while Heady added with 11 points.

The More You Know

An Austin Peay Win Would: Give it three straight wins for the first time this season… Be its third-straight OVC win… Give it three-straight road wins… Make it 4-2 during its road trip… Be its first win in Cookeville since February 19th, 2011… Give it two-straight wins against Tennessee Tech… Improve Daniels’ record to 94-167 overall… Move Daniels to 61-84 in OVC play… Make the Lady Govs 447-640 overall since 1976-77.

An Austin Peay Loss Would: End its two-game winning streak, both overall and in OVC play… Make it 3-3 during its 30-day road trip… Be its second-straight loss at the Eblen Center… Drop Daniels’ record to 93-168 overall… Drop Daniels to 60-85 in OVC play… Make the Lady Govs 446-641 overall since 1976-77.

Broadcast Information

Radio • Governors Sports Network
Play-by-Play: David Loos
Analyst: Van Stokes

Lady Govs on the Web

Live Video: www.OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Live Audio: www.LetsGoPeay.com/Watch
Live Statistics: www.TTUSports.com

Next Team Up

Belmont Bruins | Thursday
Austin Peay returns home for the first time since December 16th when it hosts Belmont in a 5:15pm, Thursday contest. It will be the first of three home games in a five-day span for the Lady Govs. Belmont has won the last two meetings in the series, including last season’s 69-67 win in Nashville.


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